Friday, April 18th, 2014 09:21 am
[personal profile] minim_calibre had a terrible idea:

Or, why the hell did I decide to put on Acqua di Gio (pour femme)?



I can't even review it. It's... a fruity floral with notes of Weezer.
Thursday, April 17th, 2014 09:16 pm
I was just at Tesco. I did not previously know the checkout person.

CHECKOUT PERSON: So, that'll be £16.48.
MARN: (long pause) What happened in 1648? I thought it was the Spanish Armada. But that sounds like it should have been in 1548.
CHECKOUT PERSON: Yeah, that's definitely the Tudors. It was under Henry, wasn't it? The Mary Rose and all that.
MARN: I thought it was Elizabeth. Didn't Philip of Spain send the Armada because he wanted her to marry him?
CHECKOUT PERSON: Well, what you've gotta remember is, Spain as such didn't exist at the time. There were, like, two or three different states there, and then you've got the Holy Roman Empire making things more complicated...

(discussion continues for a while)

More of this, please.
Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 11:02 pm
Most of my set last night wasn't quite this lewd, but this was the only song that got recorded!

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 07:26 am
The only thing less thrilling than Tax Day is having a dentist appointment on Tax Day.

I managed to finish e-filing on the afternoon of the 14th, after several days spent checking all the numbers TaxACT spit out, because on the first run it over-reported my state income by about $90,000 thanks to a glitch in how it transferred the information from my federal form 8949. OH OKAY THANKS.

When all was said and done, I owed less overall than I did last year, which was a relief, but with more state and less federal. When I went to authorize a direct debit from the state, the instructions said, "at least three days from the filing date, but no later than 4/15." So I put in 4/15, and it yelled at me about it not being three days out and wouldn't let me proceed until I changed it to 4/17. If the state comes after me for a late penalty, I will tell them to collect it from the TaxACT people.

At least they notified me that my state return was accepted. I didn't even get that satisfaction last year. Sheesh.

So after I got my teeth cleaned and ran a few errands, I came home to find Robby had completely dismantled the upstairs office so he could move things around, and I had a panic attack, because moving my stuff around without discussing it with me first is NOT OK. I like how the shelves are arranged now that he's done, but in the aftermath, it's even more egregious how much crap I have piled up there that I need to get rid of. I spent most of the evening boxing up the kids' outgrown clothes, which is NOT how I'd planned to spend my time.

Other things I need to do with the rest of my week include making uncomfortable phone calls, hemming my Easter outfit, and reading the comic books Mack lent me a few months ago. Hopefully next week will be less stressful. In the meantime, at least I have a Nickel Creek concert to look forward to tonight.
Monday, April 14th, 2014 08:13 pm
So I'm mainlining Big Bang Theory both in an effort to catch up and to inspire the epic Penny/Amy fic I need to write for a big bang. Nothing for the big bang idea, however, I do have two new poly ideas for Penny/Amy/Sheldon where the Sheldon/Penny side is purely platonic/buddies, the Sheldon/Amy is asexual/intelectual/emotion, and the Amy/Penny is emotional/sexual. Granted, this is my ideal OTP for the fandom, so yay for that.
Monday, April 14th, 2014 10:49 am
(This post could be triggering. Click here to skip past it and return to your regularly-scheduled community and/or reading-list browsing.)

[community profile] noncon_meme is a brand-new panfandom kink meme focusing on non-consensual sexual activities (in layman's terms: yes, that means rape). All fandoms, characters, and kinks are welcome in this anonymous, non-judgemental space. If non-con is your thing, come give the meme a try.

The first meme post is open here, and I can be contacted here if you have any questions.

Monday, April 14th, 2014 02:32 pm

Posted by karen

I will be speaking on volunteers at LinuxCon Japan on the 22nd May.  I have never attended this conference before as the timing hasn’t worked out.  I’m a little nervous about speaking in front on an unknown audience but since I’m speaking on the final day of the conference I will have time to get used to the venue and to hear some of the other speakers.

Thursday, April 10th, 2014 02:01 pm

Posted by karen

We have had visitors for a couple of weeks and I spent quite a bit of my time attempting to be a tour guide.  I’m not always good at it.  I walk too fast, walk too far, and sometimes walk to places that aren’t open.  But I had fun and I got to see some new places in Japan.

Hakone Open Air Museum

Hakone Open Air Museum



Thursday, April 10th, 2014 12:25 am
It's an airlock!

yes, I am pathetic.
Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 08:16 pm
For those who have seen reference today in the press to the "Heartbleed" security vulnerability in OpenSSL, we'd like to reassure you that although we (like a large portion of the internet) were running the affected software, we patched our servers last night and were no longer vulnerable from that point.

We have no reason to believe that anyone was exploiting this vulnerability against us or that any user data has been compromised. We'll be changing our security certificates for extra confidence.

On the other hand, the nature of this vulnerablity means that it's impossible for a website to know for absolute certain whether someone was exploiting it. If someone was exploiting the vulnerability, against us or against any other website, they potentially have access to any information you sent to the site, including your username/password for the site and any data you sent to the site under HTTPS. It's a good idea to change your passwords pretty much everywhere, but don't do it until you can verify that a site is no longer vulnerable.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask!
Monday, April 7th, 2014 04:30 pm
Saturday was the Spring Fling festival at Connor's school. This was our fourth year attending, and we more or less have it down to a science now - Will spends about an hour playing games and then sits down to read a book while waiting for Connor to ride his favorite ride umpteen times in a row. Since Connor was too tall this year to ride the kiddie coaster, he spent most of his time in the ferris wheel. Also, for the second time this year, I won a silent auction basket - this time it was Godiva chocolate products, which I plan to share with friends.

We were able to get Connor to leave the festival relatively early in the afternoon because he'd been invited to a classmate's birthday party at Pump It Up, the local inflatable party place. We've been there several times, but for this party they switched over to blacklights and gave everyone glow necklaces, so that was interesting. Then we took the kids to my mom's house so that Robby and I could go to the symphony, where Jennifer Koh and her mentor were playing the Bach Concerto for Two Violins and also a modern piece that was commissioned for them. So that was excellent.

After church on Sunday, I braved the rain to drive downtown for a concert by the Georgia Tech Chamber Choir, who were singing Monteverdi's Vespers. It was lovely, but a bit long with no intermission, and I admit I dozed off a couple of times. After that, I browsed at Barnes & Noble for a while, then met H&P for dinner and a movie. We saw Winter Soldier in IMAX, which was pretty awesome.

The rain continued overnight, and we woke up to news of widespread flooding which delayed the start of school by a couple of hours. So that was officially about as much excitement as I could stand. The weather has it in for us this year. On the bright side, all the rain has cleared out the oak pollen, which had been aggravating Connor's allergies something fierce. We're scheduled to check in with his allergist tomorrow.
Sunday, April 6th, 2014 08:04 pm
Updated FAQ 104 to mention that backdating isn't available for community entries.
Sunday, April 6th, 2014 03:09 pm
All aboard the oh-gods-oh-gods-oh-gods we-haven't-done-one-of-these-since-November GET ON THE BUS.

Ordinarily, I would take you on a chronological tour, starting with the bugs touched longest ago and finishing with the most recent exciting work. Because of Reasons, this time we are instead playing the game of going from the bug that was reported longest ago to the one that was filed most recently. Spot the diiiiiifference. (Dear cataloguers of the future: the most recent bug in this lot is 2165, committed on 2014-03-10.)

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And also: thank you all; you're great. <333
Sunday, April 6th, 2014 02:58 pm
Hyperbole and a Half: Trophy of Adulthood

I have definitely achieved my trophy today. And yesterday. And the day before, too. In fact, I'm doing pretty well this week overall.